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Philosophy in the GEP (see Curricula)

Situated in the Jesuit liberal arts tradition, the Department of Philosophy shares with the University the belief that there exists a minimum of cultural knowledge and disciplined reflection essential to the education of an intellectually alert and value-oriented person in the world today. As one of the humanities, philosophy deals with those areas of human experience which help human persons understand themselves as human persons. More specifically, it is philosophy which requires students to face directly and without dependence on Revelation, the ultimate questions concerning the meaning of human existence and to attempt to discover relevant answers.

Philosophy, therefore, seeks to provide an adequate, critical, and consistent evaluation of human experience. In a Jesuit university, philosophy insists on its own autonomy while at the same time leaving the student open to the discovery of reality on a theological level. Despite its autonomy, philosophical reflection assumes that the student possesses sufficient knowledge of history, literature, psychology, science, logic, and other disciplines in order to relate them to the philosophical meaning of human existence.

To achieve the aims of philosophy in the University’s GER/GEP, all students are required to take three courses: one in the area that deals with the human person, one in the area that deals with morality, and one in the area that deals in an advanced way with philosophical questions concerning God, the world, and society.